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Greetings,

I am buying my first road bike which will be primarily used for daily commuting in the suburbs. Daily mileage will be about 23 miles. At like most commuters, there are going to be days where I will get caught in the rail. Secondary use for the bike will be the occasional weekend ride with cyclist buddies (aka hey lets go ride for 6+ hours because that wound be "fun")

At this point I cannot decide between the 2013 Motobecane Grand Record, 2013 Motobecane Fantom CX3, or the 2013 Gravity Liberty CXD . They each seem to have their pluses and minuses and I cannot tell which benefits are more important.

My past commuting experience last year was 3-months on a steel road bike from the 70's that i had bought off craigslist for $30. It was a wonderful bike. Anything will be an upgrade from this bike and I was pleased with it.
 

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With my pretty much no experience I am indifferent to this year versus last year's model of component. Having ridden a 12' Trek Tricross with the older shifter and a 13' Trek Secteur Tripple with the new model I did prefer the older model.

At this point I am planning to take whichever bike i buy to a local shop for a complete rebuild. I even took the step of calling the shop to ensure they would work on a mail-order bike.

I did give the lbs a chance to win my business however they are only interested in selling Treks. This is despite their carrying other brands and my asking about other brands/models to check out.
 
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